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AstraZeneca: AstraZeneca welcomes positive data on the combination of olaparib and cediranib for the treatment of ovarian cancer patients

As part of the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society for
Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Dr Joyce Liu today presented data
on a Phase II study conducted by the American National Cancer
Institute (NCI), comparing the efficacy and tolerability of olaparib
and cediranib in combination to olaparib alone, for the treatment of
women with recurrent platinum-sensitive high-grade serous ovarian
cancer (abstract LBA5500). This is the first ovarian cancer study to
use a combination of investigational medicines that can be taken

Antoine Yver, Head of Oncology in AstraZeneca's Global Medicines
Development unit said: "The NCI data is extremely compelling, showing
that the combination of olaparib and cediranib nearly doubled the
progression-free survival benefit compared to olaparib alone. This
could offer real benefits to patients who currently have very limited
treatment options. At AstraZeneca we are committed to the rapid
development of our pipeline for ovarian cancer and we believe that
collaboration is an important component of this. We fully support the
NCI in their plans to conduct two late stage studies to further
investigate the combination. We also look forward to exploring the
Phase II data in more detail to inform our future development plans
for olaparib and cediranib."

Ovarian cancer is a serious, life-threatening disease and is the
seventh most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide[1]
Historically, initial and late-stage treatment options for women
diagnosed with ovarian cancer have been limited and patients remain
heavily reliant on chemotherapy. Although recent advances are
providing new hope of improved outcomes, there remains significant
unmet medical need in this disease.

The NCI is currently planning to conduct two Phase III trials to
further investigate the combination of olaparib and cediranib in
ovarian cancer. Olaparib and cediranib are being investigated
individually in clinical trials for the treatment of patients with
this disease. Olaparib has already shown efficacy as a monotherapy[2]
and was recently granted Priority Review by the FDA for the treatment
of platinum sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer patients who have a
BRCA mutation. The EMA accepted a marketing authorisation application
for olaparib in September 2013.

In the Phase III ICON 6 trial, cediranib demonstrated significant
improvements in progression free survival and overall survival in
platinum sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer, when given during and
after chemotherapy, compared to chemotherapy alone. AstraZeneca has
consulted with regulatory agencies in the US and EU to understand how
the results of the ICON 6 study conducted by the UK Medical Research
Council (MRC) can best support a potential regulatory submission for
approval of cediranib in ovarian cancer. As a result of these
interactions, AstraZeneca is working with the MRC to conduct relevant
analyses of cediranib data with a view to potential regulatory
submissions later this year.

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Ledermann JA, et al. Olaparib maintenance therapy in
platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer. N Engl J Med


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